Texas Cuts Off Medicaid Funding To Affiliates Of Planned Parenthood, Leads Nation In Uninsured

| by Michael Allen
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The Texas Office of the Inspector General announced on Oct. 19 it is cutting off Medicaid funding for affiliates of Planned Parenthood clinics in the state.

The move follows the release of undercover videos by a pro-life group, the Center for Medical Progress, in July which appeared to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the legal process of fetal tissue donation, transport and reimbursement in graphic terms, notes The Dallas Morning News.

The Texas Office of the Inspector General claimed that one of the videos featured a Houston abortion clinic committing violations. The violations included suggesting an alternative method could be used during a legal abortion to preserve fetal tissue for donation, and unknowingly allowing the Center for Medical Progress to enter the work environment, which allegedly created an unsanitary situation.

Planned Parenthood has taken a public relations beating since the undercover videos were released, but has not been charged with any crimes.

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas said the defunding of Planned Parenthood was an example of "unyielding commitment to both protecting life and providing women's health services." Texas stopped allowing Medicaid funds to be used for Planned Parenthood's family planning services in 2013, but the new restriction prevents its affiliates from being reimbursed from Medicaid funds.

Abbott added: "Ending the Medicaid participation of Planned Parenthood affiliates in the State of Texas is another step in providing greater access to safe healthcare for women while protecting our most vulnerable — the unborn."

Abbott also opposes women and men's health care coverage via Medicaid expansion, which is funded by the Affordable Care Act, reported the Houston Chronicle.

Texas has the highest percentage of uninsured residents, 20.8 percent, according to a Gallup poll from August.

Sources: The Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, Gallup / Photo Credit: Planned Parenthood